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Oscar pulls the red carpet
With war looming, the Academy cuts red-carpet interviews, press for toned-down awards show.
March 19, 2003: 2:31 PM EST
By Corrin Eckert-Chu, CNN/Money Staff Writer

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science said Wednesday that, with a probable war with Iraq looming, it is preparing a more sober pre-show and a scaled-back arrivals sequence.

Instead of the usual parade of stars on the red carpet, giving interviews to the entertainment press about the fashions and jewels they're wearing, stars instead will enter the Kodak Theatre directly.

Gil Cates, producer of the 75th Academy Awards show, said in a press release that, "The Academy is mindful that many of its celebrity guests would feel uncomfortable arriving at this year's awards at the beginning of a major war to face a business-as-usual phalanx of interviewers and photographers. Therefore arriving guests will not stop for interviews or photographs."

The traditional splashy red carpet arrivals line will be truncated, the arrivals press line on Hollywood Boulevard will be eliminated, and guests arriving by limousine will exit their cars on Hollywood Boulevard and enter the Kodak Theatre directly through the arrivals arch.

The E! Entertainment Network had planned 6 hours of pre-show coverage, culminating in the Joan and Melissa Rivers-hosted Red Carpet Arrivals show, known for its celebrity interviews and an emphasis on Oscar fashion. The main coverage, which will include a look back over the history of the Oscars, will go on as planned, but the red carpet interviews will not. The Riverses will be covering the event, though it has not yet been decided from where.

The network, through a spokesperson, said that they were very much following the tone of the Academy.

If the country does go to war, ABC, the television network broadcasting the awards show, may adjust to war coverage. But any decisions with regard to broadcasting the show will be made later in the week, and will be made jointly by the Academy and ABC, a unit of Walt Disney Co. (DIS: Research, Estimates)

Any postponement, or even cancellation, would make a serious dent in ABC's coffers. The Oscars are generally the most watched television event after the Super Bowl and account for $78 million in advertising revenue for the network.  Top of page




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